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National Museum of Scotland / Gareth Hoskins Architects

  • Architects: Gareth Hoskins Architects
  • Location: Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Exhibition Designer: Ralph Appelbaum Associates
  • Project Team: Lucy Beltran Dos Santos ,Thomas Bernatzky, Chris Coleman Smith, James Darwent, Nick Domminney, Nicholas Ecob, Gordon Gibb, Tim Harland, Gareth Hoskins, Clare Kemsley, David Lindsay, Sophie Logan, Joyce McCafferty, Rory McCoy, Patrick Mitchell, Frank Mungall, Vas Piyasena, Donald Simpson, Jamie Sneeden, Alasdair Tooze, Hanneke Van Wel, Sylia Werner, Andrew Whyte, Niall Iain Wright, Elisa Yon, Scott Young
  • Structural Engineer: David Narro Associates
  • Services Engineer: Max Fordham
  • Quantity Surveyor: Gardiner and Theobald
  • Lighting Design: DHA Design
  • Fire Consultant: Buro Happold FEDRA
  • Cdm Coordinator: Turner Townsend Project Management
  • Main Contractor: Balfour Beatty Construction
  • Area: 30000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Andrew Lee

© Andrew Lee © Andrew Lee © Andrew Lee © Andrew Lee

House E / Sharon Neuman Architects

  • Architects: Sharon Neuman Architects
  • Location: Harutzim, Israel
  • Architect:  Sharon Neuman Architects
  • Project Team: Sharonneuman, Sharonwolman
  • Area: 300.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Amit Gosher

© Amit Gosher © Amit Gosher © Amit Gosher © Amit Gosher

STV House / Arstudio – Arnon Nir Architecture

  • Architects: Arstudio – Arnon Nir Architecture
  • Location: Tel Aviv, Israel
  • Architects: Arstudio – Arnon Nir Architecture
  • Area: 380.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2009
  • Photographs: Amit Giron

© Amit Giron © Amit Giron © Amit Giron © Amit Giron

Redesign of the Old GSP Area / Theo. David Architects

Courtesy of Theo. David Architects
Courtesy of Theo. David Architects

The idea for this concept of an urban park as a cultural threshold by Theo. David Architects evolved from thinking about the nature of urban space, the need to create an iconic multi-functional accessible park, a dynamic architectural point of reference as threshold for the evolving cultural and civic center of the polis of Nicosia, a European capital. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Caramel: Forget Architecture / Caramel Architekten

We recently received a book from Caramel Architekten. We previously featured four of their projects if you would like a taste of their work (click here). The book is presented in both German and English and offers a wonderful insight into their inspiration and range of work. Project Description: Caramel architectural office was founded by the architects Gunter Katherl (1965), Martin Haller (1966), and Ulrich Aspetsberger (1967) in 2002. The office s motto is: For each project anew! Most construction contracts result from successful bids for both national and international competitions. Some projects were also awarded with prizes, e.g. reklameburo , Einfamilienhaus h , the Kaps farm extension, or the temporary info shop for European Capital of Culture Linz 09. As one of the major offices and no longer as a young architectural office but with a noticeable number of high scale buildings Caramel Architects coin the Austrian architectural landscape.

Japan to Create World’s First Backup City

Tokyo © Tom Purves -
Tokyo © Tom Purves -

The Japanese Government has revealed a radical plan to construct a standby city for Tokyo. The Integrated Resort, Tourism, Business and BackupCity, known as IRTBBC, will provide backup to the capital in an event of an immobilizing earthquake.

Portal to the Point proposal / wHY Design

Portal to the Point is a design project initiated to honor the completion of renovations to Pittsburgh’s most visible National Historic Landmark, Point State Park. wHY Architecture is one of five finalists selected to redefine the space beneath the Portal Bridge that leads into 36-acre park.

Continue reading for more project information and renderings.

Slide City Exhibition / Per Kartvedt

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© Fantastic Norway

In the 70′s Oslo’s own “Man in Black”, Professor of Architecture Per Kartvedt , started his long lasting lecture series on cities, communities, myths and dreams. Per has since then been an influential character in contemporary architecture, both as principle of the architecture department at the University of Strathclyde and as teacher and supervisor on several different architecture schools in Europe. For a decade the slides from the lectures remained tucked away in an attic in Nesodden. Now the slides are projected once again in Slide City at Internasjonalen in Oslo. More information on the exhibition after the break.

Open Call for MONU New Issue Contributions

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@ De Laurentiis Entertainment Group

MONU magazine on urbanism is continuously looking for interesting contributions. The current open call for submissions for MONU “Non-Urbansim” and closes by the end of December 2011.

This new issue of MONU magazine will investigate how non-urbanism may be defined and identified today and how non-urban areas interact with and relate to urban areas. How can, for example, American non-urbanism be distinguished from non-urbanism in Europe, Asia or elsewhere? And how does the non-urbanism discourse relate to the one of anti-urbanism with its fear of the city? Who will be, for example, the future inhabitants of the vast, deserted rural areas in Asia? To discuss what non-urbanism might mean today, this call for submissions for MONU texts, topic-focused interviews, data-based research, critical analysis, provocative thinking, revealing photography, conceptual artwork, and overwhelming infographics on the topic of “Non-Urbanism”. More information on the call for contributions after the break.

Hotel Liesma Proposal / Jevgenijs Busins & Liva Banka

Courtesy of Jevgenijs Busins & Liva Banka
Courtesy of Jevgenijs Busins & Liva Banka

The proposal for Hotel Liesma, by Jevgenijs Busins & Liva Banka, is designed for a music-themed upscale Hotel Competition in Jurmala, Latvia. It is the meeting point of waves and coast, wind and pine-trees, ideas and people, various music rhythms and audition. The architecture of the building is characterized by calisthenics of facades. The basic construction has remained untouched but facade has been changed completely. The facade has a wavy shape with vertical wooden constructions. Hence the classical traditions of architecture of Jurmala have been honored. Wooden materials in various tones and factures are used as the predominant materials in the design. The rhythm of vertical lines of glued pine wood gives the building an appeal as it associates with boles of the wood and embraces the building in the landscape of Jurmala. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Glass Bridge / Hideki Yoshimatu + archipro architects

Glass Bridge as Haizuka Earthworks Projects


  • Location: Mistelbach, Austria
  • Structural Engineer: DI Karl Fischer
  • Area: 315.94 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Gebhard Sengmüller

© Gebhard Sengmüller © Gebhard Sengmüller © Gebhard Sengmüller © Gebhard Sengmüller

Narrabeen Lagoon Multi-use Trail Stage 1 / ASPECT Studios

  • Architects: ASPECT Studios
  • Location: Narrabeen NSW, Australia
  • Landscape Architect: ASPECT Studios
  • Consultants : Jeffery Katauskas, Hard and Forestor, Ducros Design
  • Client: Warringah Council
  • Budget: AUS$1.8 million
  • Project Area: 2.5 kilometres
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Simon Wood

© Simon Wood © Simon Wood © Simon Wood © Simon Wood

EAMES: The Architect and The Painter

The husband-and-wife team of Charles and Ray Eames are widely regarded as America’s most important designers. Perhaps best remembered for their mid-century plywood and fiberglass furniture, the Eames Office also created a mind-bending variety of other products, from splints for wounded military during World War II, to photography, interiors, multi-media exhibits, graphics, games, films and toys. But their personal lives and influence on significant events in American life — from the development of modernism, to the rise of the computer age — has been less widely understood. Narrated by James Franco, Eames: The Architect and the Painter is the first film dedicated to these creative geniuses and their work opening November 18th at the IFC Center in New York City.